Never Let Me Go

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Chrissie Character Analysis

Rodney’s girlfriend, Chrissie did not go to Hailsham but feels that Hailsham students are “preferred” by the government, and that they might be granted deferrals of up to three years (before they become carers and donors) in order to live with loved ones. Chrissie and Rodney befriend Ruth, Tommy, and Kathy at the Cottages and drive with them to Norfolk, to try to find Ruth’s “clone parent.”

Chrissie Quotes in Never Let Me Go

The Never Let Me Go quotes below are all either spoken by Chrissie or refer to Chrissie. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Vintage edition of Never Let Me Go published in 2006.
Chapter 12 Quotes

The point about Chrissie—and this applied to a lot of the veterans—was that for all her slightly patronizing manner towards us when we’d first arrived, she was awestruck about our being from Hailsham. It took me a long time to realize this.

Related Characters: Kathy H. (speaker), Chrissie
Related Symbols: Hailsham
Page Number: 141
Explanation and Analysis:

Kathy informs the reader that the "Hailsham" name carries a great deal of weight, especially among those who were not educated there. It has a pedigree—it is a school unlike other academies where donors are prepared for their jobs. 

Kathy does not tell the reader how she was selected for Hailsham, or how that process works—which donors are assigned to which schools as young children. But she does convey just how special Hailsham is to her. What one learns in this passage, then, is that others feel the Hailsham "mystique" as strongly as Kathy herself does.

Later in the novel, however, Hailsham will be revealed to be just one method of socializing young donors—and it gains its "pedigree" because of how comfortable and progressive it is compared to other clone schools. Other methods are not so developed, and many are even quite barbaric. Instead of resembling prep schools, other donor academies are more like prisons or barracks, where donors are fed and housed but not enriched culturally. 

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Chapter 13 Quotes

You know, Ruth, we might be coming here in a few years’ time to visit you. Working in a nice office. I don’t see how anyone could stop us visiting you then.

Related Characters: Chrissie (speaker), Ruth
Page Number: 151
Explanation and Analysis:

This passage relates to the concept of a "possible," or the person upon whom a clone donor was modeled and therefore "produced." The trip to Norfolk is both a vacation and a journey to see if Ruth's possible might, in fact, be there. Chrissie, Rodney, Kathy, Tommy, and Ruth travel all that way in order to try and glimpse a world they have always hoped to be possible—a world in which they, as donors, are related to others who lead normal lives in the world.

What is less clear, in this passage, is just what Chrissie and Ruth actually believe about the possible. If, say, they were to stumble upon a person who resembles Ruth—would they talk to her? Would Ruth be able to live the life that the possible was also living? Although the donors perhaps sense that these ideas are fantastical and impossible, they are nevertheless invested in seeking out answers—as much for their own entertainment and desperate hope as anything else. 

Chapter 14 Quotes

We all know it. We’re modeled from trash. Junkies, prostitutes, winos, tramps. Convicts, maybe, just so long as they aren’t psychos. That’s what we come from. We all know it, so why don’t we say it?

Related Characters: Ruth (speaker), Kathy H. , Tommy , Chrissie
Page Number: 166
Explanation and Analysis:

Up till this point, Ruth has spoken to others as though she were not constrained by the cultural expectations of donors. For example, Ruth has made it seem that she might be able to work in an office, like her "possible." She has also asked some of the other couples at the Cottages whether it is in fact possible for donor couples who are in love to ask for a deferral of their donation duties, so that they might have more time together. All these utterances combined make it seem that Ruth really believes she has a life outside the predetermined course for all donors.

Here, however, Ruth blurts out what she really thinks. Ruth is aware not only that her clone life is unchangeable, but she knows, too, that she and the others are probably cloned from "undesirable" personages in society—that clones are at the absolute bottom of the social ladder, that they are used only to make sure that other, "normal" people can live. Ruth is devastated by this information, which is why she goes to such great lengths to make it seem that she is not concerned with it at all. 

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Chrissie Character Timeline in Never Let Me Go

The timeline below shows where the character Chrissie appears in Never Let Me Go. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 10
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...Tommy have only just restarted their relationship, the other “veteran” couples, including a pair named Chrissie and Rodney, welcome Ruth as “one of their own.” Ruth begins imitating some of the... (full context)
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...the older couples, and why Ruth occasionally ditches Tommy to hang out with veterans like Chrissie and Rodney. Ruth fires back, however, that Kathy need not try to maintain the old... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...of their time at the Cottages, Ruth pulls Kathy aside and tells her, excitedly, that Chrissie and Rodney might have spotted a “possible” for Ruth while the two of them were... (full context)
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Kathy is “skeptical” about this possible idea, however, because Chrissie and Rodney noted that they saw the possible in a glass-fronted office in the Norfolk... (full context)
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Nevertheless, Chrissie, Rodney, Ruth, Tommy, and Kathy decide to take a day-long fieldtrip to Norfolk in order... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...of them pile into a borrowed car and set off for Norfolk. Rodney drives, and Chrissie is seated up front, with Ruth in the middle of the back bench seat. Kathy... (full context)
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The group then finds a café in Norfolk for lunch. There, Chrissie and Rodney reveal what they have spent months talking about with each other—the possibility of... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...as the day in Norfolk went on. The group goes into a Woolworth’s so that Chrissie and Rodney can stock up on cheap birthday cards (they claim they’re always useful to... (full context)
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...whole thing—though she says that now, all along, she thought it was a stupid idea. Chrissie and Rodney try to “comfort” Ruth, and Kathy notices that the couple are “relieved” that... (full context)
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Rodney and Chrissie nevertheless try to cheer Ruth up by inviting her and the rest of the group... (full context)
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Ruth, Tommy, and Kathy begin talking about people they knew. Chrissie has completed, or died, during her second donation, although Rodney seems to have taken the... (full context)